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November 18th, 2009 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER | Headout
 

Free Radical

Dutch musician and computer takeover theorist Goodiepal could be a genius. Or just making everything up.

     
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If you believe everything you read about Scandinavian electronic musician and scholar Goodiepal, or Gæoudjiparl van de Dobbelsteen the Århus Warrior (real name Parl Kristian Bjørn Vester, we think), then he’s one of the most fascinating figures working with computer-generated sounds. Goodiepal left his position teaching at Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark because the school wouldn’t support his radical ideas. He threw himself off a balcony in London. He built a mechanical bird. He released an album of electronic compositions, Narc Beacon, which was reviewed by Pitchfork in 2001. He opened his own school in Norway—in a castle.

Or it could all be total bullshit.

The only thing we know for sure? Goodiepal is actually funny, at least when he’s lecturing in broken English about artificial vs. alterative intelligence, the idea that a computer will one day outsmart man, and the band “Soan-ick Yuffs.” He also has a Portland connection—experimental music label Marriage Records released his “textbook,” Radical Computer Music and Fantastisk Mediemanipulation, a few years ago. This Friday, Goodiepal is in town for a rare appearance to lecture about Radical Computer Music and his Mort Aux Vaches Ekstra Extra compositional game scenario. Honestly, we don’t really know what the hell that is, but damn if we’re not super-intrigued


GO: Goodiepal lectures about radical computer music at Portland Community Media, 2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 3:30 pm Friday, Nov. 20. Free limited seating.

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